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An al fresco reopening is a tail of two fortunes

Catering Today talks with Kingdom Thenga, owner of three Cheshire pubs and restaurants, and Jimmy Garcia, chef and London pop-up owner, to discuss the prospect of divided fortunes for those within the hospitality sector upon the upcoming 12 April outdoor reopening

The time is nearing for Boris Johnson’s roadmap to recovery to finally facilitate the reopening of the hospitality industry, with outdoor venues once again allowed to return to trading on 12 April. The easing of restrictions is without doubt greatly anticipated by all involved, but does the four-staged strategy perpetuate an unlevel playing field? Moreover, with just five weeks separating the opening of outdoor and indoor hospitality operations, how can businesses make investment into al fresco facilities a worthwhile decision?

The government claims to have provided a “lifeline to many businesses” through its pavement license extension, in turn supposedly levelling the ground for those without traditional outdoor set ups.

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